Our partners over at Summit Life, coordinated some of our donations:
5 hygiene kits
7 hair & body wash
10 toothbrushes & toothpaste
6 shower gels
which ended up going on a mission trip to Haiti. Monique Richards went on a medical and nutritional mission trip to Haiti, and brought along our items for donation to the Azil Foundation. Below is her personal write up of her time in Haiti as well as some photos of her adventure!
“In association with the Azil Foundation (http://www.azilfoundation.org/), I was able to be part of an amazing medical and nutrition mission trip from August 1-9, 2014 in and around the communities of Cap Haitian, Haiti. As the sole dietitian, I had the honor of working with some outstanding medical professionals including doctors, nurses, nursing students, and volunteers simply wanting to make a difference to those most in need. Every day we would set-up one to two clinics in the communities as far away as three hours and as close as onsite where we stayed. On average, we were able to serve 150-200 Haitians daily. My clinical nutrition skills helped me to navigate working in our ‘pharmacy’, with the doctors, and through counseling individuals with diabetes, hypertension, and malnutrition. My French background helped to navigate between their native tongue of Creole and our translators from the Emmaus House did an excellent job conveying our information. Our presence seemed to convey that we cared and we were there to help.
The Haitians were a pleasure to get to know, they were appreciative and gracious. Our group continually discussed promotion of self-sustainability and how we could help implement long-term solutions. As part of the nutrition initiative, we were able to donate money for the community of Cadouche to purchase 12 goats. This will allow them to not only use the milk for consumption, but make soap, generate income, and as the goats reproduce, another family will be able to benefit. We are also in discussion about implementing new water wells in that area and exploring how we may be able to grow more food in order to feed the 150 school children of Cadouche two balanced meals a day.
Thank you to all who donated items, supported Azil, or kept me in your thoughts; it was an amazing journey to be a part of. I was proud to be the dietitian on deck! From our backyard to the other side of the globe, there is a need for nutrition intervention, education, and implementation; it truly does start from the ground up! May all your efforts come to fruition, and know that when we help each other, there is more than enough!”
Merci and au revoir,
Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN, AAAI Certified Yoga Instructor
Integrative Clinical Dietitian, State of Franklin Healthcare Associates
ETSU, Adjunct Faculty in Nutrition
Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group, Chair-elect
A Place of Healing, an Eating Disorder Resource Center in Johnson City, TN, Board of Directors
Learn more about the Azil Foundation: http://www.azilfoundation.org/, the Creole word “azil” conveys a place of security, refuge and assurance…a haven of rest. Our foundation’s goal and mission is to bring a type of haven to those in Haiti by providing the tools in education, nutrition, and short term medical missions to bring a stronger future.